One Marine rescued, 6 missing after planes collide off Japan

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"Search and rescue operations continue for a KC-130 and an F/A-18 that were involved in a mishap off of the coast of Japan around 2:00 a.m. December 6".

A Marine Corps KC-130 is seen in this 2016 photo.

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USA officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, said one of the aircraft was an F/A 18 fighter jet while the other was a KC-130 refuelling aircraft, with a combined total of seven personnel aboard.

"We are thankful for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation", the Marines said. The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. Thursday, local time (12 p.m. Wednesday ET). Japanese officials said two crew members were on the FA-18, and five others on the KC-130.

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It was not immediately clear which aircraft the rescued Marine was on.

"Two Marine Corps aviators were administratively disciplined following the completion of an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding an October 23 irregular flight pattern that resulted in an obscene image", said Maj.

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We will update this story as details become available.

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